DOJ orders probe into Nayong Pilipino's deal with HK developer

Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 09 2018 12:07 PM

Nayong Pilipino Foundation Chairperson Patricia Ocampo (in black, 3rd from right) poses with investors from Landing International in the groundbreaking ceremony of theme park NayonLanding. They are joined by PAGCOR Chief Andrea Domingo (rightmost). Jessica Fenol, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - The Department of Justice has ordered the Office of the Corporate Government Counsel to review the lease contract entered into by Nayong Pilipino Foundation Inc. with Landing Resorts Philippines Development Corp.

President Rodrigo Duterte instructed the DOJ to review what he described as a “flawed” and “gravely disadvantageous” 70-year lease contract over a government property.

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said he directed the Office of the Government Corporate Counsel "to immediately review all the relevant facts and re-evaluate and examine all contracts, agreements, and other documents pertaining to this questioned transaction, including the legal opinions previously rendered by the Office of the Government Corporate Counsel (OGCC) to its client Nayong Pilipino Foundation Inc., and to submit a report with recommendations on the proper course of action for the govt as soon as possible."

Under the lease contract, the LRPDC, a subsidiary of Hong Kong’s Landing International Development Ltd., will develop a USD1.5-billion casino-resort in NPF’s property in Entertainment City in Paranaque City.

Malacañang fired the entire NPF board and management on Tuesday, the same day the groundbreaking ceremony for the project was held.

A distant relative of Mr. Duterte, Maria Fema Duterte, filed criminal and administrative complaints before the Office of the Ombudsman on May 2 against her fellow NPFI board members, including then chairperson Patricia Yvette Ocampo, in connection with the NPFI-LRPDC contract. The complaints alleged that government stands to lose P25-billion in 50 years over the contract.